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Baseball: Bulls swept in a two game set aganist Gardner Webb

Buffalo Baseball has one weekend under their belt and the Bulls are yet to put up a win.

After dropping their season opener to JMU on Friday the Bulls were swept in a two game series against Gardner Webb University.

In a 7-1 game one loss UB fell behind in the first Inning and and then the Runnin' Bulldogs added to their lead in the third to make the score 2-0. Ben Hartz managed to keep the score close from the mound until the 5th inning.

Gardner-Webb broke the game open in the fifth inning as they scored three runs on five hits to open a 5-1 lead.

Sinay opened the inning with a double to deep left center field before advancing to third on a Vinny Mallaro sacrifice fly. He got UB on the board on the next at bat when Sinay crossed on a wild pitch. That unfortunately is all UB would manage on the day where as Gardner-Webb tacked on two more runs in the eighth to give them the dominant 7-1 lead and the win.

In game two Buffalo got out ahead 3-0 but ultimately fell by a score of 6-3.

UB transfer Bobby Sheppard started the second inning with a single to right field and Chris Kwitzer then reached on an error. Starting catcher Kyle Brennan came to the plate and knocked in Sheppard from second base on a single to left field and then freshman Mitchell Machi backed that up with a RBI single of his own to left field, earning his first collegiate RBI. After a line out, junior Nick Sinay produced the third run of the inning for UB as he poked a shot into right field, scoring Brennan.

After getting into a jam Cleland was replaced by Anthony Magovney. The reliever gave up a two-run single to Matt Simmons and a two-run homerun to Sam Fulginiti and the Bulls fell behind 5-3.

The Bulls threatened in the top half of the ninth inning in their final at bats. Brian Dudek smacked his first hit of the game, a single, into right field and then speedster Sinay earned a bunt single to second base. A Tanner Robinson fly out meant UB was down to their final out. Mike Abrunzo worked a walk to load the bases for the Bulls with sophomore Vinny Mallaro at the plate. Mallaro took a called strike three on the fifth pitch of the at bat to end the threat and hand UB their third straight defeat.

UB is in action next weekend in Virginia with a pair of games against both VMI and Maryland Eastern Shore.